I am a licensed professional counselor who has worked for many years as a therapist, but many more years as a writer. My first novel, Stray, is based on experiences working in a treatment center with an animal shelter right next door within barking distance. My second novel, The Jade Rabbit, is the story of woman, adopted from China as an infant, who now manages a runaway shelter in Detroit. I am a graduate of the University of Michigan, an avid hockey fan, and live near Detroit with my wife and two daughters. I blog about the running and writing life, with mass media reviews sprinkled in from time to time.
I love to create characters and let them live out their lives in my brain, and at times I live more in their worlds than my own. I've always admired writers. They've been my heroes my whole life.
Books have helped shaped my life. From the simple; Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (find Goldbug!) to Kafka, Twain, Thoreau, Kerouac, and a new writer each month gets added to my list. I like to read anything that makes me sit back and go "Wow!, Ahh! or Damn!” I like smart horror, dark experimental, existential angst or comedic irreverence. I want to meet characters who I will either want to have coffee with, provide therapy for, or have nightmares about.
Thanks, Mark, for the kind words and encouragement for the blurb I'm submitting to Amazon for their annual New Novel Breakout contest. And welcome to Fictionaut!
Mark, you should seriously consider the Serial Stories group. Although section max word counts are 800, you can divide your chapter up. I made the mistake of submitting a 7000 word story almost no one read. I am in the process of dividing it into 8 meditative pieces. The group is tiny with lots of feedback. Think about it. We'd love to have you.
Mark, thanks for the kind comment on "Whole Life."